Columbia Undergraduate Journal of Gynecology and Women's Health
Author Guidelines for External Submissions
Who can submit
All members of the Columbia University Undergraduate community, which
include undergraduates from Columbia College (CC), the Fu Foundation
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Barnard College
(BC), and the School of General Studies (GS). Mentors are allowed
to be listed as secondary authors.
Articles/pieces submitted to GYNECA will be reviewed by a team of
editors, and assessed for their contribution to science literature
and our aim to promote scientific literacy.
Submission should be
written at a level that allows for those involved in other scientific
disciplines to gain a general intuition about the submission's
original subject matter.
Authors published in GYNECA will retain all
rights to their work except the right to publish in another
undergraduate level journal; work previously published in such a
journal will not be considered for publication in GYNECA. The
editors of GYNECA additionally ask that submissions to GYNECA not be
concurrently considered for publication by other undergraduate-level
journals. All authors and their mentors must sign off on the author
agreement which can be found in the submission form.
Letter to scientist
Written letter commenting on, or responding (support or critique)
a recently published science article that is in line with GYNECA’s
aim and scope
Up to 100-1000 words.
Question and Answer (Q&A)
Response to, “Why should women’s and gender minority health be a
Responses should be short (at most 200 words) and directly answer
Responses should have a specific point or argument, avoiding
vague, broad language
Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed)
A timely piece devoted to a specific topic with a strong
perspective on recent current events that is in line with
aim and scope
Written to a general audience, avoiding scientific jargon and
assuming no prior specialized knowledge
1-2 pages (two pages will be consecutive, not front and back)
with images and text
Visually pleasing, and engaging in its attempt to convey
Takes a complex science topic, or advanced principle, and
communicates it in a way that it could be understood by those with
a high school level understanding of science.
Reflections and personal stories on internships with researchers,
volunteering in the field, etc.
Advice on how to explore the women’s health field and gain
College classes: what classes stood out to you as
relevant/important to women’s health? How did they influence your
Mini-interviews with students involved in women’s health: how did
you get involved? What makes you the most excited? Plans for the
Science Art Showcase
Include a title and a 100-word description of the entry
Photograph, graphic design, comic, illustration, infographic,
architecture, painting, sketch, sculpture, music, theater, film,
fashion in any style
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be
used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not
be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.
*Ideas for ‘submission types’ adopted from Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal.